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Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum

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Address: 406 Park Ave SE, Aiken, SC 29801-4510
Phone Number:
+1 803-293-7846
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 14:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Visitors Center, located on the first floor of the rebuilt Aiken...

The Visitors Center, located on the first floor of the rebuilt Aiken Railroad Depot, can assist you with any questions you may have, contains maps and brochures of the area, a calendar of events and more.

The Train Museum, located on the second floor, has nine dioramas that depict the towns, as they were in 1916, along the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company right of way. This railroad became the first designed steam powered commercial railroad in the US and the longest railroad in the world. These dioramas are done in the familiar HO scale and are complimented by interactive displays depicting railroad history.

*The Aiken Trolley Tour also departs from this location.

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I can't believe I didn't know about this place

Great for all ages , sits among all these beautiful old trees. Photos line the walls with History of Aiken and trains. There is also a gift shop. Outside there are several old box... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Yvonne P
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Aiken, South Carolina
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Aiken, South Carolina
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great for all ages , sits among all these beautiful old trees. Photos line the walls with History of Aiken and trains. There is also a gift shop. Outside there are several old box cars.

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this review

Glad you found us! More 

Aiken, South Carolina
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23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Your children and your grandchildren ( as well as you adults ) will find this to be a wonderful adventure and education.Learn the history of how the railroad came to Aiken, how it changed the way of life, and how it was the a life stream for Aiken for over 100 years. The model railroad is wonderful to track as... More 

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this review

We agree that the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum is enjoyed by all! More 

Aiken, South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am fascinated by small-town history and I always enjoy our visits to the Visitors Center and Train Museum. We go with our son, who is 2.5, 3 to 5 times a year. The museum provides rich historic detail for adults and older kids to enjoy learning, while the model train route (complete with townspeople, landscapes, and detailed city and... More 

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your thorough review! I bet your son could give tours! More 

Warrenville, South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

2 four year old twin girls, they truly enjoyed the trains, although their attention span did not allow a long visit. The tour was hosted well and all stall was pleasant .

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this review

We hope you will visit us again soon! More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

The staff on the trolley tour of Aiken did a great job. It was well worth the money. I really enjoyed seeing the diorama upstairs as well.

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this review

Our guides and drivers enjoy what they do! More 

New Orleans, Louisiana
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Very nicely oriented. Staff is helpful. Attractive displays and very clean facility. Yes, I recommend this attraction.

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this review

Glad we could assist you! More 

Graniteville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Very nicely done and represents the original depot building as it was years ago, small museum upstairs with some interesting displays but not that much to see, working miniature train display would be enjoyed by kids.

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this review

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Warrenville
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

A fun pre Christmas Day item to do in Aiken, Sc..my mother in law and I were glad to take the tour, and look at the train station and all the history here in Aiken...

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Glad you enjoyed it! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Had a wonderful and very informative tour, beautiful day and everything we learned was so interesting, especially famous celebrities who have come through Aiken.

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MaryRosbach, Manager at Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, responded to this review

We love sharing those stories with our visitors! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Okay, in the summer you get live musicians playing out front. Everything from country to bluegrass. Staff is knowledgeable and wonderful with children. Small museum, but well worth the visit. Plus you can walk around the main street area and enjoy a meal at one of the local restaurants.

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We have live music every Saturday throughout the year! More 

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